As-Built News, Ideas and Tips

From Paper To Point Clouds: Laser Scanning Is An As-Built Paradigm Shift

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Laser Scanning For As-Built Surveys Adds a Whole New Level of Efficiency Human beings have been mapping the physical space around us (including topography, landmarks, structures, and even the stars) for thousands of years.  Throughout that time, we’ve employed a dizzying array of tools and instruments to get the job done.  Regardless of the tool,…

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What Is An As-Built Survey?

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What is an As-Built Survey? The Most Critical Part of your Remodel That You’ve Never Heard Of. It happens all the time, even after 16+ years in business.  Someone asks me “What do you do for work?”, and I tell them that PPM provides As-Built surveys to architects and other design and construction professionals.  Unless…

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Group Photo of PPM Staff celebrating the Company Turning 26

CELEBRATING THE COMPANY’S SWEET 16

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After 16 Years, PPM has a License to Drive and We’re Planning on Going Places Each February, you will find the team at PPM celebrating the success of another year in business. We have all heard the stats about how many businesses close their doors each year, so we consider every birthday an achievement worth…

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WORRY-FREE RENOVATIONS

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How Great As-Built Surveys Lead to Worry-Free Renovations On the simplest level, PPM is an As-Built surveying company.  That’s what we do.  However, what motivates us and keeps us working towards our goals goes far beyond just providing As-Builts.  Don’t get me wrong – the WHAT is important.  Every company needs a WHAT – in…

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Outsourcing As-Built Plans

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Outsourcing As-Built Plans For many years, it has been common practice in the architectural community to outsource related professional services such as structural calculations, interior design, and model development to companies.  But for one reason or the other, As-Built drawings have not reached the same level of ubiquity as a stand-alone service. In simple terms,…

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Laser Scanning to Revit: As-Built Case Study

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Laser Scanning to Revit: As-Built Case Study After 15 years in business, and over 13,000 As-Built surveys created, PPM finally took the plunge in February of this year and purchased our first laser scanner.  Starting with the “good old days” of tape measure, paper, and pencil, we have tested and implemented several different technological advancements…

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4 Trends in the Restaurant Industry we learned at the NRA Show

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Restaurant Rennovation Trends Last week, Luke from PPM attended the annual National Restaurant Association (NRA) show in Chicago.  The NRA show is the biggest event of the year for the restaurant industry, featuring keynotes and education sessions with top foodservice experts, networking with all the top players in the industry, and hundreds of exhibitors showing…

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An ICONic Small Business Road Trip

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Infusionsoft – A Better Way To Take Care Of Our Customers We recently completed a major milestone at PPM, something that has alluded us for 15 years since our founding.  No, I’m not talking about a revenue goal, or a signature project, or a critical new hire… those things are all great indeed but only…

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Springtime: Sunlight, Flowers, Baseball, and As-Built Survey Programs

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Retail Renovation Season A week ago today, March 20th, was the 1st day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.  Here in Long Beach where I live, we don’t pay much attention to that because all of the seasons are pretty much the same.  But in most of the U.S., I have to assume that the start…

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LA Soft-Story Retrofit Ordinance got you feeling some “March Madness”?

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What Is A Soft-Story Retrofit? LA Soft-Story Retrofit Ordinance Yesterday was the start of the annual NCAA college basketball tournament, known as “March Madness” to most basketball fans and casual observers alike.  Sadly, my team, the California Golden Bears, didn’t make it to “The Dance” this year.  Although on the other hand, at least that…

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